20 Trendy Bald Fade Haircuts for Men Right Now

Bald fade haircuts for men

A bald fade haircut features longer hair on top with the sides and back shaved down to the skin. This very technical trim can take on the usual fades – low, medium, or high. You can always opt to customize the length to suit your hair texture on top. What matters is the smooth transition as it goes lower to the sides and the nape area!

Bald Fade vs Skin Fade

A bald fade and skin fade are the same. Both refer to the skin around the sides and nape being cut so short that it appears bald and skin is completely visible.

This is the one that delivers the high contrast effect between your skin and hair color, which is the reason why this fade is of the more popular styles. A cool benefit of this contemporary haircut is that it can prolong the time between barber sessions, as it will take a while before your hair grows out again from bare skin. Another is that it has very low upkeep and can lessen the amount of hair you need to style while still keeping an impressive look. Whether you need it to beat the heat of the sun or to look sharp and professional, these pictures of easy-to-recreate styles will definitely help you get updated with the best bald fade haircuts!

Bald Fade Mohawk

Bald Fade Mohawk
Instagram @r23barber

How else can you rock this bald fade mohawk hairstyle if not with a neatly shaved side? This allows you to acquire more shape on top of your head to style.

Bald Fade for Black Men

Bald Fade for Black Men
Instagram @icutyobarberhair23

Precision is key to getting that outstanding shape like this bald fade for black men. Have your hair cut short and close to the scalp for a clean and professional appearance.

Afro Bald Temp Fade

Afro Bald Temp Fade
Instagram @lordfader1

Get your temples clean to the skin between a beard and the top hair for a sharp and neat vibe. This afro bald temp fade goes to show how to work a beard casually.

Bald Fade with Design

Bald Fade with Design
Instagram @theclutchbarbers

The bald fade with design is a clean look on the sides make it a perfect partner for any hairstyle. Add on a cool shaved pattern for a noteworthy look.

High Bald Fade

High Bald Fade
Instagram @mrliptrot

Give your hair an instant refreshing with a high bald fade so your hair will look neater and less ragged. Much like a pompadour, this style can definitely be eye-catching.

Crew Cut with Bald Mid Fade

Crew Cut with Bald Mid Fade
Instagram @jayy_blessed

Look dapper with cleaned up sides to level up your hair game. This crew cut with bald fade style suits almost all cuts, short or long.

Bald Drop Fade

Bald Drop Fade
Instagram @dacelebritybarber

This bald drop fade haircut features a smooth finish to complement any trendy hairstyle this season.

Full Bald Fade Undercut

Full Bald Fade Undercut
Instagram @melissa_barberonfire

This is a fashionable and versatile full bald fade hairstyle that can be mixed with any casual style for an impressive result. The contrast it offers is just so remarkable.

High Top Bald Fade

High Top Bald Fade
Instagram @gabybarbertnf

High fades bring attention to the top section of hair. High top bald fade hairstyles are ideal for men with longer hair because it allows you to get a fresh new look while keeping your length intact. Combining longer hair and a skin fade creates a unique look.

Bald Taper Fade with Hard Part

Bald Taper Fade with Hard Part
Instagram @jo_barbers

If you’re going for a subtle and classy look, go with bald taper fade with a hard part. It’s great for a business setting or even any day when you wanna look like a handsome gent.

Bald Fade with Textured Crop

Bald Fade with Textured Crop
Instagram @toni.luci

Combine the vintage side part with a modern clean shave and you’ll get this outstanding skin fade with a textured crop.

Bald Skin Fade

Bald Skin Fade
Instagram @britnie_shears

This bald skin fade on the sides provides the solution to looking cool every day. A high shaved side like this allows for more contrast and freshness.

Quiff with Bald Fade

Quiff with Bald Fade
Instagram @iamkanvas

You can combine this bald fade to get a generally versatile look that goes well with any style you want – a comb over, a quiff, or any high top.

Bald Cut Fade with Waves

Bald Cut Fade with Waves
Instagram @walt.daddy

This is a minimalist bald cut fade to combine with a natural waved top. It accentuates and cleans your look for a dapper finish.

Bald Fade with Curls

Bald Fade with Curls
Instagram @nicks.clips

Men who have curls can rock fades like this one. The contrast of a totally clean side and a textured long top definitely grabs the attention of everyone. This bald fade with curls is a unique and standout style that suits men with lengthy hair on top more.

Slicked Back Bald Fade

Slicked Back Bald Fade
Instagram @stefanofasano2015

Slicked back bald fade cuts like this create a sharp and clean finish to a brushed back hair. You can have a surgical line added for added contrast. Combover fades are easy to maintain but keeping the length is the important part.

Low Bald Fade with Pompadour

Q&A with style creator, Joel Belcourt
Barber @ Captain Cutz Finest Fades in Guelph, ON

How would you describe this look?

The short pompadour with low bald fade styles are timeless and diverse that can accomplish multiple looks depending on the client. The origin is hard to date but the sleek look of the 1940’s/50’s influences the current style. It was applied with a slick combover which is popular with businessmen and professionals, like in the TV series Mad Men, achieving a sophisticated look. Exposing skin on the sides and back and leaving a clean-shaven appearance make for a classic look.

On another spectrum, it was an iconic cut in the early rap and hip-hop scene and to this day has been a staple cut in the African American community.

The best aspect of a fade that’s bald is its diversity. Anyone can rock it! Whether you’re the CEO of a large company, the next Dr. Dre, in a folk band with a long beard, or trying to get the “Viking” appearance, this cut looks clean, sleek, sophisticated, mature, and complex all while keeping it stylish, modern, and edgy.

Any advice for someone considering it?

All that being said, bald fade haircuts are not necessarily for everyone. At our shop (Captain Cutz) before I suggest the cut, I take all the following facts into consideration. The cut itself gives a rather naked feel, therefore, is not advisable to someone with a self-conscious disposition. It is also advised that people with light skin pigmentation consider that the skin tone on the scalp will temporarily be much lighter than the skin which has been regularly exposed to light. While on that subject, we also recommend that clients take precautions with UV exposure to avoid sunburns and heat rash. The skin fade haircut is also not advisable to someone with any sort of scalp/skin condition either, as it may irritate the condition further.

Now that the bad stuff is out of the way, there are some very positive ways to bring out natural attributes to each individual. For instance, someone with a rounder face and head, I would suggest getting a low bald fade with length on top due to the transition ending in a longer length. This creates a square look transitioning from the ear to the parietal ridge, ultimately creating a straight vertical line rather than taking the shape of the head. I’ve found that a longer pompadour and a straight blade “hard part” looks very sharp.

Naturally, a high fade would do the exact opposite. If the top is buzzed, the haircut rounds the head. The high fade is a more aggressive look due to the amount of skin exposed. The high fade with a part slicked to the side with a pompadour can give a classic look.

All of these styles can be enhanced with a good product. We suggest a water-based pomade if you’re looking for a slick, wet look and a matte pomade for a dry and natural look. I personally use the brand Suavecito out of Santa Ana, California.

Medium Bald Fade with Part

Medium Bald Fade with Part
Instagram @jerm_barber

Q&A with style creator, Jeremy Moya
Barber @ Signature Fades Barbershop in Romeoville, IL


How would you describe this look?

On this medium bald fade with part, I went off the natural texture of his hair starting the bald blend low and gradually fading into a #2 or 1/4 inch into the side with the part. I did a shear work on top (point cutting technique), then finished it off with straight razor work on the line-up, hard part, and neckline. The thing I like about the cut is how the hair on top unify the side blend also the dark corners in the temples to make the blend pop out!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Considering it’s such a tight fade, keep it looking fresh I recommend getting it cut every two weeks to maintain best results. Also the rounder the head shape or thicker the hair texture, you can take the fade to blend a little higher on the sides. On the other hand, the slimmer the head shape or thinner the hair texture, you should leave the fade lower and slightly over the ears (the bald part). I also like to use a thicker hair gel with a lot of shine in my haircuts, as it holds down the hair nice and firm and makes it stand out with the glossy shine!

Bald Fade Faux Hawk

Bald Fade Faux Hawk
Instagram @uzicuts

Q&A with style creator, Uzi Qidwai
Image Consultant / Barber @ Fade Tactics in Milton, ON


How would you describe this look?

The bald fade faux hawk the perfect blend of skin to hair transition. For anyone looking for that baby, smooth skin faded into limitless possibilities for the top of the head. The greatest thing about the skin fade is that it can be paired with any type of style on the top, including combover, buzzcut, textured crop, and spikes to name a few.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style requires consistent maintenance on an average of two weeks to keep the hair looking crispy and fresh. So be prepared to see your barber often. (Find one that you can have a long-term relationship with). Usually fades require frequent cuts to maintain the proper length.

Buzz Cut Bald Fade with Beard

Buzz Cut Bald Fade with Beard
Instagram @gillythebarber

Q&A with style creator, Miguel Lora
CEO @ KleanKut Barbershop in Seminole, FL


How would you describe this look?

This buzz cut bald fade on the sides is one of my favorites. It’s urban but classic. The coolest thing about a very short fade is the transition from short to long.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The first thing I would look for is to see if they have any scars or lesions on their scalp. This cut is perfect for someone who is thinning on top because it brings out the hair and makes it looks less thin on top. I think fades are great styles for most people.